New York City’s Cortlandt Street subway station was destroyed in the 9/11 terror, 17 years ago.
(New York Transit Authority)
A New York City subway station has finally reopened, 17 years after the shutters when terrorists destroyed the World Trade Center in the 9/11 terror attack.
The Cortlandt Street station on the No. 1 line ran under the World Trade Center.
The new WTC Cortlandt station on the 1 line is now open to the public. It is fully accessible, has fewer columns for easier flow of customers, and is also fitted with hardened and to keep you cooler on hot days. pic.twitter.com/A5DaiBb06w
— NYCT Subway (@NYCTSubway) September 8, 2018
The new stop, which was open on Saturdays, now known as WTC Cortlandt in honor of the site, according to reports.
The drive took so long to reopen because the Port Authority kept the hatches while it was busy working on the rest of the reconstruction of the World Trade Center complex, the New York Post reported.
The station cost $181.8 million and is equipped with a mosaic of artist Ann Hamilton including the text of the 1776 Declaration of Independence, The New York Times reported.
New York City spent $181.8 million for the reopening of the Cortlandt Street subway station under the World Trade Center.
“It is much too late,” Mitchell Moss, director of the Rudin Center for Transportation Policy and Management at the University of New York, told the newspaper. “It was a big challenge to re-enter the subway at the same time that you rebuild the site above it.”
Benjamin Kabak, a transit advocate who runs a popular website about the metro, told the newspaper it was good the project was finished, even if it took far too long.
“It’s not exactly one of their most important achievements,” Kabak said, referring to the MTA. “They had a lot of back and forth with the Port Authority.”
The ceiling had to be renovated after the share of the World Trade Centerfell through, and 1200 meters of the track had to be rebuilt on both sides of the station, WCBS-TV reported.
“It will enable people to get on, and they can get you to the Upper West Side, they can connect with the number two and number three to the express to the Upper West Side – the level of connectivity,” New York Transit Authority Chief Development Officer Janno Lieber told the station.